When connecting to your own, or any ARK: Survival Evolved server that has mods installed, you may experience a connection timeout.

This is related to the way Steam downloads ARK: Survival Evolved mods on the game server, to your computer.

To fix the issue:

In Steam, click the "View" drop down at the top

Click "Settings"

In the settings window, click the tab "Downloads"

You should then see a checkbox "Allow downloads during gameplay"

Check/select this, then click "Ok"

As a last resort, if no other solution corrects the problem, try deleting the Saved folder in Steam\steamapps\common\Ark\ShooterGame. This will delete all single player games, items and dinos in the tribute terminal, and character progression, so use only if nothing else works.
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